From the ancient Egyptian
pyramids to a scandalous menage a trois, triangles have always had
the power to fascinate us. Now, American DJ has brought the
triangle's spellbinding allure to club lighting with the Fascinator,
a DMX lighting unit that features a unique 3-sided rotating glass prism.
The Fascinator's triangular
prism is made of dichroic colored glass. The effect also includes 10
mesmerizing gobo patterns on a single color/gobo wheel, consisting of
dots and circles in different sizes and configurations. As the
triangular prism rotates, each gobo pattern multiplies into three,
shooting out triple images across the dance floor.
But that's not all -- adding
to the multiple gobo effect are the Fascinator's 4 internal
mirrors. The rotating gobos bounce off the mirrors, creating
even more images and movement as the circles and dots whirl around
the room in a colorful frenzy.
The colors produced by the
Fascinator are exceptionally vibrant, thanks to the combination of
the color wheel and the prism's dichroic colored glass. All in all,
the effect produced by the Fascinator is.... quite frankly.... fascinating!
"The Fascinator offers
an eye-popping combination of vibrant colors, extravagant gobo
patterns and lots of movement," said Scott Davies, General
Manager of American DJ. "The 3-sided rotating prism is a great
feature that really adds to the visual intrigue, and the four mirrors
further multiply the lighting effects."
In addition to these
"fascinating" features, the Fascinator includes an exciting
strobing effect. A sound-activated unit, the Fascinator is very
versatile, capable of being operated in three modes: Stand Alone,
Master/Slave, or DMX.
In Stand Alone Mode, the
Fascinator will chase to the beat of the music using its own built-in
programs. The fixture comes equipped with a sensitivity knob
that allows users to adjust the intensity of its reaction to sound.
In Master/Slave Mode, up to four Fascinator units can be linked
together for a synchronized sound-activated light show. An
optional MINI/C controller (sold separately) is available to control blackout.
The Fascinator can also be
operated in DMX Mode, which allows individual fixture traits to be
controlled with any universal DMX-512 controller, such as the
American DJ Show Designer. The Fascinator is equipped with 3 DMX
channels, one for controlling each of the following functions:
gobo wheel, mirror dish rotation, and dichroic lens movement.
Extravagant though its
effects may be, the Fascinator is one "extravagance" that
won't break the budgets of clubs and DJs. Its suggested
list price is just $339.95.
"The use of innovations
like rotating prisms and mirrors not only creates a more exciting
light show -- it also allows us to deliver greater value to the
end-user. By incorporating features like prisms and mirrors, we can
offer a fixture that produces more effects at a lower cost,"
A user-friendly fixture, the
Fascinator includes an easy-access lamp replacement door and a
hanging bracket for convenient mounting. Weighing 22 lbs., with
dimensions of 11" x 15.5" x 4.5", the Fascinator is
fan-cooled and has a suggested retail price of $339.95.